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Some European right-wing parties do subscribe to solidarity, too. However, only in nationalist terms; and all the same it is a cover for class war from above.

The term "solidarity" as I have come to see it has little to do with the tactics and structure of most rightist parties, both European and in the US- Republicans. Class war? It's something more than that.

In the same way that Naomi Kline has found a good way to describe understandably the pattern of plunder that emerges from the neolib/IMF "structural adjustment" of as much of the world as the Freidmanites can get their hands on, Bob Altemeyer and George Lakoff help to illustrate the powerful human need of a major chunk of the population for a father-like maximum leader, and the semantic/psychological tactics that help the right's leaders to use this huge army to promote their agenda.

Perhaps I'm naive, but when I think of "solidarity", I think of a half million students marching past Opera Bastille with signs that say, "We are the future of France. We are not expendable!"

Different sort of thing.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sun Oct 4th, 2009 at 06:08:09 AM EST
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